In my former life (ok – two years ago) I was the Director of Technology at my current school for 4 years before begging and CLAWING my way back into the classroom! I’m definitely a technology nerd, but after 4 years of stocking our school with awesome technology and training teachers on how to use it, I finally threw enough of a tantrum that my principal allowed me to move to middle school literature. I still help my fellow co-workers out, especially those on the third floor. Our school is PK-8, and the third floor is like a self-contained middle school.
Anyway, I plan to do a lot of participating in this linky as I’ve got so much to share! I’ll start with one of my FAVORITE timesavers: FLUBAROO!
Have you heard of FLUBAROO? It’s a script that works right in Google Docs to automatically “grade” your students Google Forms submissions. I’m guessing that most of you have made a form before… right? Well, if you’ve made a form, then you can make a test or other assignment and as long as it’s multiple choice, matching, or true/false, Flubaroo will automatically grade it for you.
Did I mention that Flubaroo is completely, totally FREE?! That’s right! And of course, so is Google Docs.
I won’t spend hours creating a tutorial for you because on the Flubaroo website, there are tutorials and even a very easy-to-follow video on using Flubaroo.
So, how have I used Flubaroo this year? Mostly, I used it for take-home quizzes. I liked to assess vocabulary as more of a practice than a test since the students do a completely separate vocabulary program goes with spelling and has its own assessments. So when we’re reading a novel or story and I want the students to review the vocabulary, I’ll give them a handout and tell them that they must submit answers online.
What does this look like? Our school uses OnCourse, so I use that website for convenience purposes. My students are responsible for knowing or having the link:
Go and check it out. It’s very simple and practical – nothing fancy – but it works! Since I give my students a paper worksheet, the Google Docs only contain answers (sometimes just letters) so they’ll still need this sheet for submission.
When students come to class the next day, I’ve already got a list of who did and didn’t submit their homework AND their grades. I do not have Flubaroo email them their grades because I’d rather them see for themselves what they made. I’ll go over the answers in class, forcing students to look at what they missed, instead of letting Flubaroo email the grades to the students. IF this is a feature you like – the graded reports are really awesome, showing students which questions were missed, what they put, and what the right answer should have been.
The possibilities are endless! If it weren’t for my student response system (a topic for ANOTHER day!) I’d use this more in class for graded quizzes and tests.
And now.. speaking of TECHNOLOGY and my computer-nerddom… My Mother’s Day present from my husband was a leisure learning class on Adobe Illustrator at the local college. I’m having a BLAST playing around and learning!
Sooo I’ve got a freebie made for you!
Free Brights Bubble Frames
I also posted these yesterday!
Loopy Doodle Frames Mega Pack
Whew. I’ve got to get my rear OFF of the computer and get some serious housework done! Happy Flubarooing!